Forest Festival Saturday August 19th!

Saturday August 19th is the Forest Festival at Barton Flats Visitor Center! Come out and have fun! We have booths for information, arts & crafts, games for kids, gold panning and more! Get a picture with Smokey Bear and try your hand on the cross-cut saw.

10:00 to 4:30, Saturday August 19, at Barton Flats Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is approximately 7 miles east of Angelus Oaks at 41992 CA-38, Angelus Oaks, CA.

Download our flyer and distribute if  you can, the more the merrier!  forest festival 2017

Check out our photos from last year’s festival!

Thurman Flat/Mill Creek Clean-up Day Saturday August 5

Everyone is welcome at this community event!
Make a difference and join other volunteers to clean up Thurman Flats and ensure Mill Creek stays beautiful and unspoiled.  Join SGWA at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Saturday August 5, 9 am to 1 pm.

* Leave No Trace introduction
* Meet Smokey Bear
* Snacks and Beverages for all participants
* Get involved with _Your_ public lands.

Please bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile!

Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Hwy 38 – approximately 3 miles NE of the Mill Creek Ranger Station.

For more info please contact http://sgwa.org/contact

SGWA Clears Newly Opened South Fork Trail

The news we’ve all been waiting for – South Fork Trail is open again! On the weekend of July 14/15, over 20 SGWA volunteers showed up for a two day project on the South Fork Trail in preparation for the re-opening on July 20. Volunteers cleared South Fork Trail, Poopout Hill to South Fork Meadow and Dry Lake Trail up to Mine Shaft Saddle – 5.5 total miles of trail. Our crosscut saw crew cleared several large trees from the trail while the swampers cleared the dead wood, smoothed surface tread, cut back brush and filled in huge root ball holes.
Permits for South Fork and overnight camps are available now, please check our page for Permit Availability

For more pictures of our work on South Fork Trail, please visit this site.

SGWA Trail Crew works Vivian Creek Trail

On July 14 2017, six San Gorgonio Wilderness Association volunteers ascended Vivian Creek Trail with a crosscut saw and other tools to install a sign and remove a large tree from across the trail. They spent a total of 12 hours on the trail, hiking two miles farther up than they had planned to remove a second large downed tree reported by hikers.

A large tree across the trail above Halfway Camp.

Trail cleared!

Surveying the second large tree for removal.

New post and signs at Halfway Camp Junction.

More pictures of the work done by the trail crew are available here: July 14 SGWA Trail Work

Thurman Flats Clean-up Day – Saturday July 1

Everyone Is Welcome!
Make a difference and join other volunteers to restore the Mill Creek recreation area to its beautiful and natural condition.  Join SGWA at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Saturday July 1, 9 am to 1 pm.

* Leave No Trace introduction
* Meet Smokey Bear
* Snacks and Beverages for all participants
* Get involved with _Your_ public lands.

Please bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile!

Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Hwy 38 – approximately 3 miles NE of the Mill Creek Ranger Station.

For more info please contact http://sgwa.org/contact

Holcomb Fire Officials Seek Public’s Assistance

Forest Service Press Release, SAN BERNARDINO, California, June 21, 2017

Forest Service Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to help establish the cause of the Holcomb Fire which started on Monday June 19, 2017.

Anyone who may have been in or around the area of the Pacific Crest Trail near Holcomb Valley Road north of Highway 18 or the Doble Trail Camp between 6:00 pm on Saturday June 17 and 3:05 pm Monday, June 19th, please call (909) 382-2699.

All calls can remain confidential.

Heat Advisory in effect June 17 – June 21

National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Saturday June 17 through Wednesday June 21, and possibly longer. High temperatures in the valleys are forecasted to be in the 100s, and even at 6500 feet elevation, the forecast is for the low to mid 90s. If you plan to be on the mountain this week, carry water and a filter, know your water sources, take breaks in the shade, and know the symptoms of and remedy for heat stress.

Mill Creek Restoration Day – Saturday June 3

Everyone Is Welcome!
Make a difference and join other volunteers to restore the Mill Creek recreation area to its beautiful and natural condition.  Join SGWA at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Saturday June 3, 9 am to 1 pm.

 

* Leave No Trace introduction
* Meet Smokey Bear
* Snacks and Beverages for all participants
* Get involved with _Your_ public lands.

Please bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile!

Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Hwy 38 – approximately 3 miles NE of the Mill Creek Ranger Station.

For more info please contact http://sgwa.org/contact

Mill Creek Visitor Center – Summer Hours

Mill Creek Visitor Center will begin our Summer Hours starting Saturday, May 27th.

Mill Creek Summer Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays we will open from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays continue to be open from 8:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Summer Hours continue until Labor Day.

Don’t forget to get there early on Saturday or Sunday to get a chance at the remaining Walk-in Permits – Weekends are filling up fast, so be sure to plan well in advance for Day Hiking or Backpacking on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday during the Summer!

Questions? Call Mill Creek at 909-382-2882

SGWA Newsletter for May

What have the volunteers been up to? Who is the featured volunteer? What’s coming up for the summer? Read about it here: 2017_05 SGWA Newsletter